Two scene stealers are the first speakers announced for this year’s University of South Florida Lecture Series: actor Winston Duke, who played fan favorite M’Baku in Black Panther, and singer and actor Amara La Negra, the breakout star of this season’s Love and Hip Hop: Miami.
Both lectures are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis after priority seating for USF Tampa students.
Duke will be speaking Oct. 25 and is expected to lecture about his life experiences and the influence of films like Black Panther on black culture.
Born in Tobago, Duke immigrated to the United States at the age of 9. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama and appeared in TV’s Person of Interest, Major Crimes and The Messengers before landing his first film role as a Marvel character.
As M’Baku, the rival to Wakandan king T’Challa, Duke nearly steals the movie out from underneath Black Panther himself. He reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War and will appear in Jordan Peele’s next horror-thriller, Us.
La Negra, a Dominican-American native of Miami, will speak in Tampa on Sept. 25. She began her career as a child actor on Univision’s Sábado Gigante. Her music, including the reggae-tinged current hit What a Bam Bam, draws from several genres, particularly rhythms from the Caribbean.
La Negra’s lecture is expected to focus on the challenges of navigating the entertainment industry — including sexism, classism and racism — as an Afro-Latina artist and actor.
For more information about the lecture series, including the audience policy, visit usf.edu/uls.
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